Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Is the Word of God an essential part of your family life? - Daily Reflections September 20, 2016

In His teaching ministry, Jesus shocked not a few people by the new way He presented things. He told the people, who cannot even mention the name of God out of pious reverence, to address God by the most intimate of names, “Abba”, i.e., “Father” or better, “Daddy.” He changed the definition of things.
       In the Gospel today, Jesus changed the definition of family. When told that His mother and brothers were outside waiting for Him, He responded by saying that “those who hear God’s Word and put it into practice” are His mothers and brothers. In essence, Jesus relocated the definition of family from shared consanguinity to shared practice and fidelity to the Word of God. This is a centripetal redefinition. The movement is inward: consistent, complementary and compatible with the Word of God. Furthermore, Jesus’ redefinition is not a destruction of its usual meaning but a deepening of it.
       Today, the culture is also doing a redefinition of the family, but in a way that is contrary to the Word of God. Family is no longer the union of one male and one female, united and committed to one another in a covenant of marriage that is forever. This definition of family is very much rooted in Scripture and is a natural demand of the natural moral law.
       Family today is simply an adult-centered association and whatever they want it to be, whoever and how many those adults are. The change is artificial, whimsical and imposed. The movement is centrifugal, i.e., it moves farther and farther away from the Word of God.
        In his address at the opening of a three-day conference on traditional marriage hosted at the Vatican, Pope Francis reiterated that the family is “an anthropological fact… that cannot be qualified based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history,” and founded on the natural and biblical “complementarity between man and woman in marriage.”
       Let us keep marriage and family rooted in the Word of God! Fr. Joel Jason
REFLECTION QUESTION: Is the Word of God an essential part of your family life?
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family of Nazareth, keep every family under the beacon of Your protection. Amen.

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